Shadow

The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
Including historical descriptions, maps and statistical analysis.

World War One

AUGUSTUS WEBB

KILLED IN ACTION - 23 OCTOBER 1918 - AGED 29


 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1889.

PRIVATE 23751. 2ND BATTALION BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.

ENLISTED IN AMPTHILL.

COMMEMORATED IN HIGHLAND CEMETERY, LE CATEAU, NORD, FRANCE..

 

In 1911 Augustus worked as a farm labourer and lived in Wood House, Beadlow with his parents, and siblings including his younger brother, Herbert, (see his profile,) who died 2 years before him and is also commemorated on our memorial.


He enlisted in November 1915. He trained for 8 months and was sent to France in July 1916.

Later that year he was hospitalised with rheumatic fever. He returned home from France, on leave, in December 1917.

In March 1918 the Ampthill News reported that Augustus had "arrived at home from convalescent home at Clacton-on-Sea, after being in hospital in London. He was sent from France suffering from a wound in the shoulder and trench feet."

Later that month it stated that he had been badly wounded at Ypres and had been transferred from a convalescent centre to Ampthill Command Depot.

By July 1918 he had sufficiently recovered to be sent home on leave again before returning to duty.

In September 1918 Ampthill News reports that Augustus wrote home to say:- "he has been over the top several times without receiving a scratch. The weather was ideal, and they were doing remarkable well. He was in the best of health and looking forward to victory."

In October it reports his letter home as:- "I have had some dreadful hard fighting for more than a month, and been over the top several times. I am, however, thankful to say that I got through it all quite safely, with the exception of a slight bayonet wound in my right arm. I am out of the front line now for a time, and having a much desired rest." He died later that month.

The 2nd Battalion were engaged in the war for 49 months. One of their last major battles was to be the Final Advance in Picardy, when they were engaged during the Battle of the Selle in October 1918. The battle consisted of several attacks, resulting in many gains constituting a highly significant British victory where considerable advances were made and over 20,000 prisoners taken.


Ampthill News

November 20, 1915

Augustus Webb and Bertie Rainbow, of Beadlow, on Saturday went to Bedford to join the Beds Yeomanry.

December 18, 1915

Augustus Webb enlisted on Dec. 9 in the Duke of Bedford's Regiment

December 2, 1916

Pte. Augustus Webb, of the Bedfords, is in hospital with rheumatic fever.

December 8, 1917

Pte. Augustus Webb, of the Bedfords, arrived on Saturday from France on leave

March 9, 1918

Pte. Augustus Webb, of the Bedfords, has arrived at home from convalescent home at Clacton-on-Sea, after being in hospital in London. He was sent from France suffering from a wound in the shoulder and trench feet.

March 23, 1918

Pte. Augustus Webb, who was badly wounded in France, has been transferred from as convalescent centre to the Ampthill Command Depot.

April 13, 1918

Pte. Augustus Webb (Bedfords), son of Mr. Henry Webb, of Beadlow, is at the Command Depot at Ampthill, where he was trained. Though still lame from his wounds received near Ypres, he is making satisfactory progress.

July 20, 1918

Pte. Augustus Webb, Beds. Regiment, having recovered from wounds and trench fever is home on final leave.

September 14, 1918

Pte. Augustus Webb, Beds Regiment, writes that he has been over the top several times without receiving a scratch. The weather was ideal, and they were doing remarkable well. He was in the best of health and looking forward to victory.

October 19, 1918

Pte. Augustus Webb (Bedfords), writes; "I have had some dreadful hard fighting for more than a month, and been over the top several times. I am, however, thankful to say that I got through it all quite safely, with the exception of a slight bayonet wound in my right arm. I am out of the front line now for a time, and having a much desired rest."

November 16, 1918

Another of our Clophill boys has given his life for his country in the person of Private Augustus Webb, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Webb, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Webb. Some time ago his younger brother Pte. Bertie Webb, was killed. Much sympathy is felt for the family in their bereavement.